fairy ring

noun

Definition of fairy ring

1 :a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point; also :a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms
2 :a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings

Origin and Etymology of fairy ring

from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies


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